Ladakh, Antique Silver Gau Form Amulet Small Pendant, Open Backed, 8 Grams (0.28oz)
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. A majority of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest are mostly Shia Muslims.
This is an antique quite small high grade silver traditional decorative ga’u front. The outer edge is delineated by beaded wire which also serves to reinforce the form. The surface is partially worked in repoussage and detail chasing of scrolling creepers. It is set with a imitation turquoise (glass) central stone.
The lower decoration is a stylised dorje ornament which hangs at the bottom. Dorje is a Sanskrit word meaning a thunderbolt. Additionally, it is a weapon which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a thunderbolt (irresistible force). As illustrated this ga’u has an open back and would have been part of necklace with several suspended small silver ga’us.
The silver gau has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade cotton thread cord 41cm (16") in length. It has a looped end for closing
Width: 3.4 cm (1 1/4″),
Height: 3.8 cm (1 1/2″)
Weight: 8 grams (0.315 oz.)